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Vol. XIV 

Residence of Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt page 1 

Office of Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt " 46 

Residence of Allister F. MacDougall " 66 



South Street 

Historical Sketch 

Carlisle Copper Mine 

Judah Wheeler Dooument 

Wilson Lineal Record 

Horace Newell Wilson Family 

Horace Newell Wilson (biograohical) 

Horace Waldo Wilson 

Spaulding Family Reunions 

Water of the Concord River 

Obituary of Capt. H. W. Wilson 

Breaking Ground for Wilson Chapel 

Spaulding-Wilson Line 

Gerow Family 

Capt. Thomas ^Wld H 0U se and Family 

Heald-Parkhurst-Wilson Lines and Family 

William M. Parkhurst 

Parkhurst Homstead in Chelmsford 

Parkhurst -Stevens Family 

Parkhurst-Shed Family 

Christopher Coates Family 

Major Benjamin Franklin Heald Family 

Heald-Taylor Lineage 

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now the residence of 1800 - 1802 

Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt 

Lieut. Jonathan Heald 6 , born August 28, 1757, son of Lieut. 
John and Elizabeth (Barrett) Heald, married, first, Sarah Brown 
who died July 12, 1788, and second, Hannah French, April 2, 1789. 
She died August 3, 1859. He built the big brick end house which 
was commenced in 1800 and completed in 1802. The date is on the 
cellar wall in the mortar. He was called " Squir e Jock", and his 
son Jonathan, born 1782, was called "Jock". 3a™*XBZa*J' «JLie4*3Ac-'*-lS'!ta. 

Squire Jock built the small gambrel roofed house close to 
his own for his son Jock who married Betsey Andrews, November 23, 
1806, about which time it was completed, so that the new family 
could go there to live. This little house, now Dr. Lunt^s office 
is still called the "Jock house". 

Jonathan Heald ' was born in the brick- end house and also 
his sitter Sarah 7 , as well as Hannah French Heald, their half 
sister. * 

Sarah Heald went to boarding school in Billerica and there 
embroidered two "needlework" pictures, both of which are proudly 
possessed by her grand-niece, Miss Nellie Grace Taylor of Lowell, 
Mass. They were done some time in the last part of the 18th 

Hannah French, Squire Jock's second wife, "was a genteel 
lady from Billerica, very dainty and very correct in her manners. 
She lived to be ninety-one (d. 1859) always living under the two 
beautiful elms, now gone". 

Hannah F. Heald, daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (French) 
Heald married Amos Nutting, Dec. 24, 1812, and apparently in- 
herited the house from her parents. The Nuttings lived there 
until it was sold to Major Benjamin Franklin Eeald, who seems 
to have acquired the entire property including the gambrel roofed 
house and both farms. In the days of Cap't. Jonathan 6 the big 
house was a Tavern and probably not two tenements as in later 

"Major Frank" (B. F. Heald) born Oct. 25, 1809, was brother 
to Thomas Heald, called "Captain Tom" (b. March 2, 1795) who 
lived in the next house west, although not a direct descendant of 
Jonathan &. Major Frank lived in the western half of the big 
house, probably going there about 1838 and remaining until after 
the death of his wife in 1889 when the family scattered. He sold 
his portion to Captain Waldo Wilson who had married Sarah Park- 
hurst, his grandniece. 

The east half of the house, with farm going with it, was 
purchased from Squire Jock's heirs by William Parkhurst who had 
married Sarah Elizabeth Heald, 1845, daughter of "Captain Tom" 
and Betsy (Adams) Heald. Their daughter Sarah Elizabeth Park- 
hurst married Captain Waldo Wilson in 1871, at which time an ell 
was built on the eastern end of the house, (although the two - —^f 
families lived together. Captain Wilson, being a carpenter also 
put on a bay window in the front room and after the death of 
Major Prank and his portion of the house was purchased by Captain 
Wilson, the second bay window was added to match the one already 
made. As Captain Wilson's interests spread, he not only did 
carpentering, but also farming, hiring many men. The family be- 
came so crowded it was found necessary to make a change, con- 
sequently about 1885 or 7 Captain Wilson purchased the Jock House 
and lived there for about two years. 

Eventually the eastern part of the big house came to Mrs. 
Wilson by inheritance and the western part was purchased by her 
husband and in this way the building again became a one family 
house. Captain and Mrs. Wilson left the Jock house and moved 
into the larger one. Several adjoining farms were purchased, one 
being the "Captain Tom" place, where only the barn now remains. 
This enlarged property became a stock farm with numerous and varied 

Captain and Mrs. Wilson adopted a son Ernest Wilson, who 
married Nettie 0. Barker and after a time they bought the Blanchard 
place later sold to John Risgin. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wilson and 
their two children, Waldo and Ethlyn, went back to the Y/ilson 
farm and made that their home. Captain Wilson died June 5, 1917, 
aged 69 yrs., 11 mos. and 5 days. His widow and son's family, 
after remaining for a year or two, moved to the new Wilson house 
on School Street near the village center. This place was built 
by Capt. H. W. Wilson and given by will to Mrs. Nettie Wilson. 
Here Mrs. (Capt.) H. W. Wilson died Jan. 22, 1928, at the age of 
81 years, 3 months and 11 days. 

After Mrs. Nettie and Mrs. (Capt.) H. W. Wilson left the 
stock farm Mr. Charles E. Davis of East Acton bought it. He took 
off the large eastern ell and moved it away for a house. In 
December 1928 Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt bought the farm and converted 
the buildings into a sanitorium for psychopathic patients and 
rechristened the estate "Valleyhead". 

The brick-end hip-roofed house has been entirely restored to 
rich Colonial simplicity, and is now the Doctor's residence. The 
bay windows were removed, small paned windows put in, a Revolutionary 
period doorway and other features added. The gambrel roofed house 
in which the fifteen children of Jonathan (Jock) and Betsy Heald 
were born is now the hospital office and Captain Wilson's huge 
barn built in 1890 has been enlarged and transformed into a most 
attractive hospital. 

The Jonathan Heald house which probably was at first a one 

family house, was, as we have seen, divided into two tenements, 
each half being separately owned. It was used as a tavern some- 
time In its early existence, perhaps "by the Nuttings or Healds, or 
both. The front door v/as the common entrance and the hall ran back 
only as far as the staircase extended, with a closet under the 
stairs. Back of this central hall was a passage way connecting 
the two halves of the house and from which a second stairway went 
to the second floor. These stairs were exceedingly steep and it 
was here that "Squire Jock" fell and broke his neck. The cellar 
stairs led from this back passage way also. 

On either side of the front door were large high posted rooms 
with dadoes and ornamental carved mouldings. The wide moulding 
above the dado was carved in a diamond and groove pattern. The 
eastern part of the house had the most paneling but there was a 
better finish in the western part. On the fire place walls and 
in the back rooms there were wood panels. The floors upstairs were 
stenciled In a scroll pattern which for many years were covered with 
carpets. Long French windows were in a portion of the house which 
have since been shortened and bricked up to match others prevailing 
in the rooms. The original twenty-paned windows were nearly all 
removed by Captain Wilson and four paned ones substituted, but 
still later have been replaced by the Colonial style. 

Not many years ago the big eastern ell made by Captain Wilson, 
was removed by Mr. Davis; the bay windows were removed by Dr. Lunt. 
The hall was made to extend clear through the house and many in- 
terior structural changes have occurred from time to time. 

The exterior of wood with two brick ends, is that of a 
Colonial mansion with a hip roof, this being the only building in 
Carlisle with a roof of this kind. The two massive elms which 
overhung the house have since succombed to the ravages of the elm 
tree beetle and the havoc of lightening, and had to be removed. 

The farm, composed of five smaller farms, probably all old 
Heald property, also contained a part of the area in which the 
Copper Mines were located. The Heald family impoverished them- 
selves in an attempt to develop them. 

Prom 1840 to 1850 these mines were worked at intervals by the 
Henry N. Hooper Co. of Boston who used this ore in their bell 
foundry. This firm in 1858 made the bell, weighing 1090 pounds, 
now hanging in the steeple of the First Parish Church and I* am told 
that a portion of the ore was from this mine. 

The shaft at the mine was sunk to a depth of 220 feet , 
equivalent to the height of Bunker Hill monument. The ore was 
hauled to Boston by ox team proving to be an expensive procedure. 
Attempts were made to erect a smelter near the mine but serious 
objections were encountered as the fumes would Injure vegetation. 
The project was found Impracticable because of the high prices 
asked by the owners of adjoining farms when the company sought to 


buy them. The mine was abandoned when copper was discovered in 
Michigan which would supply their needs . 

During the years this mine was operated, Major B. F. Heald 
was the General Superintendent. A small village sprang up about 
the shaft - a store, blacksmith shop, miners' dwellings, shaft 
house, etc., none of which remain today. 

Several entrance holes to the mines can still be found, which, 
after they were definitely abandoned, beoame a home for vast numbers 
of snakes. In the springtime companies of men used to wend their 
way to these entrances to kill the snakes as they emerged from 
their winter quarters. As many as forty have been despatched in 
one day, in this manner. The house erected for Mrs. Glenn is not 
far from one of these prolific holes. * 

When Mr. William Parkhurst resided in the brick-end house he 
had his blacksmith shop on the lot where Mr. Hans Monson now has 
his home. Some of the old shop timbers are incorporated in this 
dwelling. Hear the road, partially imbedded in the sod, is the 
circular stone, broken in two, which he used as a wheel-set. 

Benjamin Franklin Heald came to this house from the Carr- 
Peterson house (Cap't Samuel Heald place) where he was born Oct. 
25, 1809 and had lived many years, also where his father Thomas 
and his grandfather Samuel Heald had lived. He was educated in 
the public schools of Carlisle and Lowell and at West ford Academy. 
He married Susan B. Kimball of Lowell, Mass., Jan. 14, 1838 and 
they had a family of ten children. He was first a teacher, then 
he devoted his time to farming, meanwhile being interested in town 
and church affairs. He held office as chairman of the Carlisle 
School Board and for seven years was on the Board of Selectmen, 
beside holding various minor town offices. In 1848 he was the 
Carlisle member of the House of Representatives to the State 

For twenty years Mr. Heald was in the State Militia, receiv- 
ing commissions as Ensign (Aug. 2, 1830), Captain (May 5, 1835) 
and Major (May 16, 1836) until his discharge April 24, 1840. This 
latter commission gave him his title "Major Frank" by which he was 
well and favorably known as long as he lived. Even today, forty 
years after his death, he is invariably referred to as "Major 
Frank" . 

In 1880 he wrote a history of Carlisle for Drake's History of 
Middlesex County. He died July 27, 1892 in Somerville, Mass., 
his wife having passed away in May 1889. Both are buried in 
Carlisle. Their" son Benjamin Frankl in Heald, Jr., D.D.S. of 
Lowell, Mass., erected the Heald Memorial Arch at the entrance of 
Green Cemetery, giving it to the town in memory of his parents. 
(See Bull's History of Carlisle, p. 32b) 

Captain Horace Waldo Wilson, son of Horace Newell Wilson of 
Billerica and grandson of Daniel Wilson who was an official of the 
old Middlesex Canal before the days of the railroad, oame to this 
house after Major Heald. He was great grandson of John Wilson, a 
Scotchman horn in Scotland, who at maturity measured six feet and 
seven inches in height. Captain Wilson's mother was Sybel Spauld- 
ing, daughter of Deacon Edward Spaulding of Billerica who descended 
from Benoni Spaulding, one of the original settlers of Chelmsford. 

Captain Wilson was considered -a, shrewd business man and it was 
said of him that no matter what work he undertook, he never lost 
money on it. He conducted a wood and lumber business besides his 
big dairy farm from which at one time he was shipping fifty cans 
of milk to Boston, daily. 

Mrs. Nettie 0. Wilson, his daughter-in-law, has several in- 
teresting pictures of the Jonathan Heald house when Captain Wilson 
owned it end the estate was called the Wilson Stock Farm. One 
shows the house and building, quite different from the ones we see 
today, with the big elms which have now disappeared; another show- 
ing the barn and a large number of teams of horses belonging to 
the estate. 

Captain Wilson was in the Militia for twenty-eight years, a 
member of Troop F cavalry, advancing through the several grades of 
non-commissioned officers. He was made Captain Dec. 21, 1888, 
serving five yecrs, being the first officer to be placed on the 
retired list after the retirement law. He was greatly interested 
in social and lodge work being a member of the Masons of Concord, 
the Middlesex Pomona Grange, the Carlisle Grange, and the First 
Parish Church. He was conspicuous in local politics and always 
interested in the welfare and progress of the town. 

On Memorial Day 1907, Captain Wilson presented to the town 
of Carlisle, the Chapel in Green Cemetery for the free use of all 
"of whatever creed or nationality". It is furnished with all 
necessary equipment for burial services and was dedicated as a 
memorial to his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs . Horace Newell Wilson 

Mrs. Nettie 0. Wilson, while living in the Jonathan Heald 
house with Mrs. Waldo Wilson, after the Captain's death in 1917, 
became the proprietor of the Carlisle Canning Kitchen in the Long 
Block in the center of the town, where she did a thriving business 
in food conservation during and after the World War. In 1918 she 
canned 2320 glass jars of fruit and vegetables and 450 tumblers of 
jellies and marmalades. Her delicious products brought added 
business and her record for 1919 was over 7000 jars of fruits and 
vegetables and 1000 tumblers of jellies and sweet conserves. 

In 1930, after extensive changes in her rooms at the Long Block 
she opened a most attractive tea room which she operated only one 
year/ using the historic name "The Wheat Tavern" Tea Room. 

.After the Wilsons sold the Jonathan Heald place and moved to 
the village, Mr. Davis the new owner made desirable changes before 
Dr. Lunt came into possession of the property. Since then the place 
has been remodelled under the direction of a prominent architect. 
A very efficient ensemble has been evolved for its new existence 
as a hospital plant. The colonial atmosphere is maintained amid 
the most modern equipment . A tennis court and swimming pool have 
been built on the "fifty acre lot" across from the Hospital. 

From this lot, in or about 1888, the destructive cyclone 
apparently started which created such devastation in Lawrence, Mass. 
The whirlwind which began here, raised into the air and scattered 
tons of hay, jumped in an arc to the Goodrich Hodgman farm (now 
Benson P. Wilkins residence) where trees were uprooted, then took 
another leap to Billerica where it did more damage and finally 
reached South Lawrence where much havoc was wrought with a great 
loss of property. 

Dr. Lunt has enlarged his holdings in several directions 
bordering on this original Heald estate. The Judah Wheeler place, 
more often called "The Judy place", about half a mile back from the 
road in the first pasture between the home of Miss Carrie Robbins 
and the Dr. Fre^mont -Smith house, has been added to the Valley Head 
property. A cabin has been erected for social and sporting activ- 
ities and the big door rock of the Wheeler house has become the 
hearth-stone of the fireplace. A bridle path goes from the Hospital 
grounds to the former Red Lion Tavern, now Dr. Fremont-Smith's, 
over an almost forgotten road. 

Another interesting spot to be found on Dr. Lunt's enlarged 
property is an old Indian burial place, if tradition is correct. 
It is located back of the Drummy house on the "Lovejoy Lot", once 
owned by Dexter Fnittimore and probably earlier than that by the 
Lovejoys. Curiosity led Mr. Whittimore and his brother to open 
this ground, from which they recovered scattered bones and a 
tomahawk which it is said the brother now has. Arrowheads have 
been found along the stream and beside Buttrick's Pond. 

The Captain Thomas Heald farm now incorporated in Dr. Lunt's 
estate, has nothing left to show the location of the buildings 
except the stone cellar foundation walls on the north side of the 
road" and the delapidated old barn on the south side. This property 
was merged in the larger farm so long ago that the name is seldom 
heard today. 

Carlisle Coype*r-~hVi 


Reverting: to the topic of mines 
of New England into which hard 
headed people of hereabout have 
from time to time put much money, 
and drawn but little out, I have 
lately dug- from the Lowell Journal 
and Courier, of Sept. 28, 1848, a 
note in which ye ed. evidently In- 
tended to encourage the promoters 
of a local enterprise In which he 
presumably himself had faith. I am 
not censuring a predecessor for 
credulity. Even at this date a 
snake editor cannot be sure that 
the presumably low grade copper 
ore to our immediate southward 
may not carry metal enough to be 
worth working, some day. Such 
mines as those of Massachusetts 
cannot at present compete with 
better ones in our western states 
and under the famous Canadian 
pre-Cambrian shield, a granitic 
cover which prevented the glaciers 
from scraping off metallic ores in 
Ontario province as they did in New 
England. After all the big de- 
posits in other sections have been 
worked out the day may come 

[ when mining engineers oan take 
seriously the copper mines of Car- 
lisle, the nickle mine at Dracut, 
the silver mine at Newbury and 

! many another gash in the New Eng- 
land llthosphere into which our 
foolish ancestors poured their hard 

■ earned money. 


As regards the Carlisle copper 
mines my Courier notice discloses 
that the time of their opening about 
coincided with the gold discoveries 

j in California. Our grand-parents j 
and great-grand-parents of the late 
'40's could take their choice — either 
to sell all they had and join the I 

I gold diggers of the Sacramento val- | 

j ley or to invest in shares of the - 
promising copper pits adjacent to 

i Tophet Swamp. Where the money 
went to in most of either cases is 
not now doubtful. It landed in 
Tophet. Here, meantime, is what 

j ye ed. of the Courier saw when he 

I went down to the 


"We had the pleasure yesterday 
to pay a visit to the copper mines 
recently discovered in Carlisle. 
There are three shafts open and 
working, upon three different veins j 
— one, the Hooper mine; another, I 
the Lombard mine, and the other ; 
the Mead mine. They are owned by 
the gentlemen whose names they 
respectively bear. The first is opened 
to a depth of 40 feet — the Second, 
about 20 feet— the third about 18 
feet; and they appear to show a 
degree of relative richness equal 
to their respective depths; indicat- 
ing, we suppose, an increased wealth 
of ore as the depth progresses. 

"We are not familiar enough with 
mining matters to give any opinion 
upon the value of the new discovery 
of mineral resources, but there 
is proof enough of veins of ore, 
and indications fully justifying 
further investigation. Some sales i 
of ore have already been made at a 
profitable rate, and the owners feel 
confident of soon making the busi- 
ness regular and handsomely profit- 


Having contributed to the record 
the above bit of information oon- 
cerning copper mines of whose his- 
tory I know nothing, for I must 
doubt a Boston Herald story of 
some time ago to the effect that 
the abandoned pits are places where 
copperhead snakes now breed, I 
await to learn from some antiquari- 
an of the Carlisle Historical society 
more about these 19th century en- 
terprises. They perhaps were hon- 
estly enough projected, though I 
seem to scent something deeply sus- 
picious in the Courier's statement 
that the further dowa one dug the 
richer the ore appeared to be. That 
sounds like a come-on for the boobs 
Of '48, and I suppose that relatively 
to population about as many of 
ihem were born then as now. 
Carlisle's copper, at all events, 
costly to produce in commercial 
quantities though it undoubtedly 
existed, might at least now burnish 
up into an entertaining feature 
story for our suburban page, if 
some one were minded to unearth 
the facts as carefully as the late 
Alfred P. Sawyer once did those of 
the famous fraud of the Dracut 
nickel mine, his story to be found 
among the publications of the Low- 
ell historical society. 

My feebly alarmist lines ot a year 
or so ago concerning the perils of the 
snake-Infested parks of metropolitan 
Boston find abundant confirmation in 
Ditmars' chapter on "the poisonous 
snakes of North America." So, too, 
does it appear that a Boston ^feature 
writer's story of the copperheads of 
Carlisle may not be entirely fable, 
even though it was absurd of him to 
suppose that they are numerous 
thereabout because of the presence of 
a small percentage of copper in the 
rocks of the Carlisle copper mine. 
Even a Sunday sob sister, to say 
nothing of a sob brother, ought to 
know enough about snakes to know 
that copperheads don't feed on cop- 
per. Because this venomous snake, 
however, inhabits ledgy places it is 
quite possible that by Curious coin- 
cidence there are copperheads in the 
vicinity of the old copper mine to our 
south. Tet, for that matter, I would 
wager you are just as likely to find 
a copperhead among the ledges 
around the Dracut nickel mine or the 
Newburyport silver mine or the 
Francestown soapstone mine, or one; 
of the numerous Harvard mines. 


South Street 
Carlisle Massachusetts 01741 



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This letter is intwiei to ipscribP bh uso ' the 'alleyh ' ' f'ospil 

building cspples* 

Somstine in the 1920*s Dr* Lawrence £• v ' nt converted --v' -panted th* 
3S they the|J stnor , for U s e at what wn ? then cane-' a private wantal institution. 
Br. Lnnt»s use of the huildin-s continued until sometime in 19l£ or 1|U6 when he 
SOW the property to Thomas Piah who in turn shortly w sold the prop srty 

to a Maude, 

Sometime in 19H7 Vallsyhead Hospital was form f and begw leasing the property 
from Maude DeCaro for use as a private psychiatric hospital. Th^ lease contained 
m option to purchase which was assigned to the 3 Q Realty ^orp. (an affiliate of 


In December, 19?6 S G Realty Corp. axercisod the option to purchase and 
TaTfeyteti Hospital continued its fall use.until May, 1977 3 «*m ^lleyhead 

Hospital reduced its operation tc » loss active degree! This less &&* W* 
continued until March 31, ^ ■**» Valleyhead decided to seas, active operations 


At this point, S G Realty Ce# decided; to sell 'the- propertyvand H»ftmM*r 
31, '1978 Arthur P. Charhonneau purchased the entire property. 

Valleyhead Hospital Tnc, 
S Raalty ^orp. 

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On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Valleyhead was 
opened to patients, and the establishment 
is now in running order. Last December 
Dr. Lunt purchased the property in Car- 
lisle known as the Heald Farm, and since 
then has been very busy with its altera- 
tion. The architect chosen was a local 
man, Mr. William Kussin, and he has re- 
ceived many gratifying compliments on his 
success with the plans. The large house, 
the smaller one, and the barn have all been 
utilized, and the result is a group of build- 

1780, by Captain Johnathan Heald, a prom- 
inent citizen of Carlisle; its brick ends, 
beautiful paneling, graceful cornices and 
dadoes are, of course, all preserved; fire- 
places which had been bricked over were 
restored, layers of paint scraped off in 
various places in order to get down to the 
original wood and, all in all, whatever cor- 
ruptions had crept in to ruin the antique 
structure have been removed. Bath 
rooms, new heating system, and all mod- 
ern improvements have been added to the 
entire group. A garage has been built, 
also squash and tennis courts, a bowling 



ings interesting both historically and ar- 
chitecturally; the larger house serves as a 
home for Dr. Lunt and his family; the 
smaller one is his office, where his secre- 
tary, Miss Sally Locke, will be located, and 
the large barn has been made over into 
living quarters for his patients. The 
buildings are completely remodeled, inside 
and out, and yet remain the same in char- 
acter as they were a century ago. The 
dwelling house was presumably built about 

alley and a shooting gallery; in the pa- 
tients' house is a large room on the sec- 
ond floor where indoor games such as 
badminton can be played; weaving and 
carpentry will serve to bring tired minds 
back to their normal condition of balance, 
and every convenience has been thought 
of and incorporated. 

The surrounding country is as beautiful 
and varied as New England can be; the 
environment is perfect. 

B, 1929 


Dr. L. K. Lunt Transforms Old j 

Heald Farm into up-to-Date 


Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt, who in De- 
cember, 1928, purchased the build- 
ings in the south section of Carlisle, 
formerly owned by Capt. Horace 
"Waldo Wilson and conducted by him 
as the Wilson stock farm, has trans- 
formed the buildings into a hospital, 
the Valley Head, which recently was 
opened as such by its present owner. 

The farm was in its early time 
owned by Capt. Jonathan Heald, a 
prominent resident of Carlisle, and 
the- buildings now comprising the 
hospital were erected, according to 
records, in 1780. During Capt. Wil- 
son's ownership of the farm, many 
alterations were made, the main 
house being enlarged, and a largo 
barn, probably the largest of any 
similar building in Carlisle, was 

Upon the acquirement of the prop" 
erty by Dr. Lunt, he immediately set 
to work to plan to convert the build- 
ings into a hospital. AVilliam Kussin 
was the architect employed and he 
and the owner have received many 
compliments on the success of the 

The main house, which is a large 
structure, and the smaller one known 
as the Jock House, together with the 
large barn, have all been utilized in 
completing a group of buildings 
about which there is plenty of his- 
torical connections, while architec- 
turally they stand out in beauty, fol- 
lowing almost a year of work and 
the expenditure of a large sum of 

Dr. Lunt has taken over the main 
house for a residence for himself and 
family, and the Jock House will serve 
as the physician's office, where his 
secretary, Miss Sally Locke, will be 
located. The large barn has been 
transformed into a hospital and liv- 
ing quarters for patients. While th? 
buildings have been remodelled in- 
side and out, they remain the same 
in architectural plan as in years past. 
This is particularly true in the char- 
acter of the main house with its 
brick ends, beautiful paneling and 
graceful cornices, which have been 
all preserved; all the fireplaces have 
been opened up, and nothing that 
would detract from the antique 
touches about the place has been dis- 
turbed. Bath rooms, new heatinsr 

system and much by way of modern 
improvements add immensely to thfi 
group of buildings, which henceforth 
will be known as Valley Head hos- 

A garage has been built and squash 
and tennis courts, bowling alleys and 
shooting gallery are additional fea- 
tures, all carried out according to 
plans made by Dr. Lunt, who con- 
sidered these details as essentials to 
making the hospital conform to a 
high standard along this particulai 
line. In the hospital part on the sec- 
ond floor is a large room wheie in- 
door games may be played. The sur- 
roundings of the buildings, set in a 
pretty country location, are as beau- 
tiful as one can find in the many 

pretty spots throughout New Eng- ] 




MARCH 27, 1932 

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Cornelia J-^unt ; (on floor), Jo, Caroline W. Farnsworth. C ivil war period costumes. (Boston Heraid-Schreve4> 


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AN OLD DOCUMENT March 31, 1762. 

Middlesex ss . 

To Mr. Sampson Wheeler one of the Constables of the Town of 
Acton in the County of Middlesex, Greeting 

Whereas application has been made to us the Subscribers 
Assessors for the Said town of Acton by the said Sampson Wheeler 
one of the Constables of said Town of Acton in said County that 
Judah Wheeler of Said town of Acton is assessed to the Province 
tax in the Rate Bill Committed to him the said Sampson Wheeler to 
Collect as Constable for the year 1761 the Sum of Eleven Shillings 
and altho the Said tax has been Demanded of the Said Judah Wheeler 
yet he neglects and Refuses to Pay and Satisfy the Same and there 
being no estate of the Said Judah Wheeler to be found Whereon to 
Levy the Same. 

These are therefore in his Majesties name to Require you the 
Said Sampson Wheeler to take into Safe Custody the Body of the 
Said Judah Wheeler and him Committ to the Common Goal of the Said 
County of Middlesex there to Remain untill he the Said Judah 
Wheeler shall Pay and Satisfy the above Sum with all necessary 
Charges or be Discharged by Due Course of Law. 

Given under our hands and Seales at Acton this thirty first 
Day of March in the Second year of his Majesties Reign Annoque 
Domini 1762. 

John He aid Junr.) 

Francis Faulkner) Assessors of ohe 

Ephraim Hosmer ) town of Acton. 



I. John Wilson, born in Scotland, had nine children. 

II. Daniel, son of John Wilson, married Mary Aldrich and they 
had ^ni-ne children. 

III. Horace Newell, son of Daniel and Mary (Aldrich) Wilson, 

married Sybel Spaulding, Sept. 30, 1845, and they had 

eleven children. 
Horace Newell Wilson was born at Billerica, Mass . , March 

13, 1830, and died May 14, 1903. 
His wife, Sybel Spaulding, was born July 11, 1838, and died 

March 9, 1903, aged 74 yrs. 7 m. 36 days. 
They celebrated their silver wedding in 1870 and their 

golden wedding Sept. 30, 1895. 

IV. Horace Waldo, son of Horace Newell and Sybel (Spaulding) 
Wilson, was born in Billerica, June 30, 1847, married 
Jan. 3, 1871, Sarah Elizabeth Parkhurst; they had no 
children. He came to Carlisle when twenty-one years of 
age and died here June 5, 1917, aged 69 yrs. 11 m. 5 days. 
They adopted a son, Ernest C. Wilson. 

V. Ernest 0., adopted son of Horace Waldo and Sarah E. 

(Parkhurst) Wilson, b. Sept. 17, 1981, married Nettie 0. 
Barker, June 33, 1895; they had two children: - 

VI. Waldo, son of Ernest C. and Nettie 0. (Barker) Wilson. 

Ethlyn, daughter of Ernest C. and Nettie 0. (Barker) Wilson, 
married Ralph A. Gerow. 



Horace Newell Wilson, b. Billerica, Mass., Mar. 13, 1820, 

d. May 14, 1903. 

Sybel Spaulding, b. Billerica, Mass., July 11, 1838, 

d. March 9, 1903, m. September 20, 1845, 
ohildren: - 

1. Horace Waldo Wilson, b. Billerica, June 30, 1847, d. June 

5, 1917, m. Sarah Elizabeth Parkhurst.Jspi^ 71 

' ' res. Cs^TMste 

3. Clara A. Wilson, 

3. Mary F. Wilson, 

4. Lizzie L. Wilson, 

5. Adeline M. Wilson, 

b. Sept. 3, 1848, Billerica, 

m!^ Frank S. Bartlett, -ne&-"3'tUenrica.- 

(.ZDec lb- i«7f ,m Carlisle. 
b. Sept. 1, 1851, Billerica, 

in. \Alvah^Boynton. V—*- 14-1*71. ' yca - l ^ u)elL 

b. June 4, 1853, Billerica, 

d. Fefc 13, 1^3,1, Carlisle - 

m. Daniel Webster Robbins. >. Carlisle. 

b. Billerica, Jan. 39, 1855, 
d. April 22, 1858. 

6. Daniel Gardner .Wilson, b. Billerica, _May 2, 1857, d. Oct. 25, 

1903, mACoratHines. rfs. Louse IU 

tAufl^rt-W.7n Lowell. tfuerrk*. 

7. George Henry Wilson, b. Billerica, April 1, 1859, d.^June 25, 

1897, m. Lilla Austin. 

8. Charles E. Wilson, j+b. Billerica, March 25, 1861, d. Jan. 31, 

4-1917, m. Annie Johnson. 
eL Lowe//. Ttfsss 

9. Nellie A. Wilson, 
10. Alice Maude Wilson, 

b. Carlisle, Sept. 38, 1866, d. Oct. 15, 
1910, m. Nathan McEwen. tes- EvereX -mass. 

b. Carlisle, Sept. 33, 1868, 


m. Fred Davis, res- Locoell-~w«'3S- 

11. Sybel Gertrude Wilson, b. Carlisle, Nov. 1, 1871, d. Jan. 11, 

1916, m. B. Frank Blaisdell. 7©s. Oa^frsl© 

The above record was supplied by Mrs. Nettie 0. Wilson. 




H. N. Wilson of Carlisle, Once 
Lowell Coal Dealer. 



<*K - 

HetJfideC N WILSON. 

Horace Newell Wilson, for 35 years a 
resident of Carlisle, within a week, 
passed his 81st birthday. He was one 
of nine children born to Daniel and 
Mary (Aldrich) Wilson. His grand- 
father. John Wilson, was a Scotchman, 
born in Scotland, and at maturity 
measured 6 feet 7 inches in height. 

With knowledge and experience, he 
■was engaged as the first superintendent 
of the Middlesex Locks and Canal com- 
pany from Hookset't to Charlestown. 
His successor was his son. Daniel, rath- 
er of H. N., who held the same position 
for many years, and always went by the 
the name of "Boss Wilson." 

Mr. Wilson, the subject of our sketch, 
was in the wood and coal business on 
Paige street, Lowell, for many «. years, 
under the firm name of Wilson & Dix. 
He drew the first load of lumber for the 
mill at the bleachery. 

Sept. 20, 1S45, Mr. Wilson married 
Sybil, daughter of the late Deacon Ed- 
ward and Olive Spaulding of Billerica. 
Eleven children were born to them as 
follows: H. $. Wilson (Capt.), resi- 
dence, Carlisle; Mrs. Clara Bartlett. 
Billerica; Mrs. Fannie Boynton. Low- 
ell; Mrs. Lizzie L. Robbins, Carlisle; 
Addle, deceased at the age of 3; Dan- 
iel Gardner. Lowell; G. Henry, died 
June 23, 1897; Charles E„ Lowell; Mis. 
Nellie McEvvan, Everett: Mrs. Maud 
Davis. Lowell; Mrs. S. Gertrude Bluis- 
dell, Carlisle. In 1S70. Mr. and Mm 
Wilson celebrated their silver, and In 
1895, their golden wedding: events cf 
mora than ordinary Interest, not only 
to the family, buri to their i.isuy friends. 
Surrounded by children with their fam- 
ilies-, loved and respected, the years sit 
lightly on tfieil th the promise 

of many anniversaries to come in the 
evolution of rolling- years. Mr. Wilson 
cast his vote, as in years past, at our 
town meeting, Monday of this week. 
For 60 years, he has been a suit 
to the Lowell Weekly Journal, with a 
possible break of two y 

>Waee Neurell Wi|sot>_ 



Additional details, unknown to the 
Courier representative at the golden 
wedding- of Mr. and Mrs. Horace N. 
Wilson, devolve upon your local cor- 
respondent. Previous to- the bountiful 
collation, including- wedding cake for 
all. and which was served on the 
lawn, father, mother, sons and daugh- 
ters, with their families, . numbering 
over 60, were grouped under the can- 
opy of heaven's own blue, while Rev. 
„ r b,„ nderson of the Baptist church 
of Billerica, of which Mrs. Wilson is a I 
member, returned thanks for God's 
goodness, the blessings of friends, and 
home ties. In the group were three 
brides— grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs 
\\ ilson. Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Hart- 
lord who assisted in the celebration 
of their silver wedding in IS70 were 
present on this occasion. Allen's cor- 
net band of Billerica discoursed sweet 
music at intervals, and were assisted 
by Miss Maud Hopkins of Lowell, who 
Played cornet solos with skill ' and 
taste. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are very 
grateful to the band, which on this and 
other occasions has ministered so de- 
lightfully to- their pleasure. The 
presents were very beautiful. Mrs. 
1'red H. Parker gave a sterling silver 
gold lined olive spoon; Mrs. Edward 
fepauldmg, silver salt shaker: Mrs E 
2a °' r an chard. pair of bud vases; Mrs! 
't. J-.- Litchfield, souvenir china, set' 
(Lexington views); Mrs. Jacob Mur- 

KfZ' ™ ter " C L ln ?, er T . cup and saucer; 
Mrs. Edward R. Fowler, gold after- 
dinner coffee spoons; Miss Abby Ja- 
quith, wrought handkerchief- Mr 
Elizabeth Copeland, linen hemstitched 
Handkerchief; Miss A. O. Dewey of 
Sheffield HI., pictures of historic Lex- 
ington; Mr. and Mrs. D. Hartford, gold 
lined orange spoons: Mr. and- Mrs. Er- 
nest O. Wilson, silver salt and pepper- 

ver ~n£ $ ra -„ °- H ' Wils0n ' «Sid sil- 
ver gold lined meat fork 

w^ rf P,, PUr - Se of ^ old was Presented 
by the following: Mr. and Mrs. J N ' 
, Parker, Mr. and M>s. W. A Ingham' 
Capt. and Mrs. H. W. Wilsfn, Mr and 
Mrs. P. S. Bartlett, Mr. and Mrs. AD 
Boynton. Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Robbins' 

Mrs O W W., D ' G ,ir Wilson ' ***. ^d 
Mrs. G. H W ilson, Mr. and Mrs. C. E i 
£ '^n and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. ]* 
SL M , c ,? uw an. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Da- 
vis, Miss Gertrude Wilson and B. F 
Llaisdell Mr. and Mrs. Bertie Boyn^ 
*?"' Mr i ?, eter . RiIey ' Mr. Frank Riiey 
Mr. and Mrs. N. Hutchinson. Mr and 
Mrs. Thomas Spaulding, Mr. and Airs 
Parker Nickles, Mr. ancT Mrs. Edward 
R. Fowler, Mr. and Mrs. ,T. P Hub- 

wl * < r Sm £ h -r? nss Mar y Convers 
* Tf"^ iIrs ' P ' F - Litchfield, Mrs. H 
A. Button and daughter Mabel. Mrs.' 
K H°we, Miss Abbie Miller, Mrs 
N. F. Woodward, Mr. G. W. Page, Mr 
e>. *. Hines and Mrs. G. Stewart Mr 
and Mrs. G. E. Wilkins, Mrs E 'wi 1 
kms Mrs. E. N. Ray and H. H 
1-aulkner, Mr.. Jacob Spaulding, Mrs' 
Mary Levering. Mrs. Alma Wilson 
and daughter. Mrs. Olive Xickles S 
daughter. Rev. S. Anderson Mr 
Bohonan. Mr. Henry Monroe, Mrs' 
Benjamin Spaulding, Mr. and Mrs B 
J. Hutchms, Mr. and Mrs. 'Poison Mr' 
and Mrs. Bigelow, Mr. and Mrs G 
I age, Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. B. Thayer^ 

Mrs. Thayer. Mrs. Proctor, MKs 
Chamberlain, Mr. VV. Simonil 
.Sarah M. Wood, Mrs. Fai 
ard, Miss Littie G. naves, i 
Lurnham and Henry Kin-. \ 
screen of laurel near th<- principa 
trance, with Welcome— 1.S.1.1- IN'!:, 
at each upper corner, a heart of ■■ 
colored flowers, was designed and 
tributed by Air. Charles Xir-kl^K, HorisH 
Another item worthy of recognl 
I' or .,<! years Mr. Wilson has Ik en an 
annual subscriber to the Lowell Jour- 
nal— we think an unusual record. 

/Your coriespondent is under obliga- 
tions to ('apt. IT. W. Wilson for sou- 
venirs of his recent southern trip— a 
peach that he himself picked in Dela- 
I ware, and a branch of the cotton plant 
with two pods, one developed showing 
the cotton fibre, the other not fully 
grown. At the foot of Keneson Moun- 
tains in. Georgia near Allatoona Pass. 
[ and station, in an enclosure, lie the 
I remains of a soldier, an orderly who 
carried from Gen. Hooker to (Jen 
I Thomas the despatch, "Hold the fort 
[for I am coming." "The unknown 
jhero is inscribed on a headboard and 
at the foot "The lone grave." In a 
cotfon field beside this grave ('apt 
| W ilson plucked the branch as a sacred 
reminiscence of the unknown hero who 
braved his deed of death 

/•[Some of the attending features of 
the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs 
Horace N Wilson, which occurred on 
Friday, September 20, were of great 
interest not only to the family but to ' 
many of the friends to whom th°y 
have long been known. Mr. Wilson is 

?A,-, S ? n ^°L-J he Iate DanieI and Mary 
Aldnch) Wilsch, and a brother of the 
late Mrs. Gardner Parker. His father 
was in Bow, N. H., in 1813, and Tyngs- 
boro, 1816. Mrs. Wilson is the daugh- 
ter of the late Edward and Olive 
Spaulding. Her father was a leading 
citizen of Billerica, a selectman, and 
tor many years a deacon of the First 
baptist church of this town. He was 
a descendant of Benoni Spauld- 
ing who was born in 1691, one of nine 
children of Edward Spaulding. one of 
the original settlers, and a leading cit- 
izen of Chelmsford. His son, Andrew 
born 1652, married Hannah Jefts the 
third child and first girl who was born 
m Billerica. 

It is a coincidence that Dea. Edward 
Spaulding and his daughter, Mrs Wil- I 
son, should both spend 50 years of ' 
married life, which was noted in either 
case by a golden wedding day The 
aay surely was a golden one on the 
last occasion. 


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Town Loses Prominent Citizen 

in Death of Captain 

W. H. Wilson. 


Carlisle, June 6. 

In the death of Capt. W. H. Wilson, 
which occurred at his home last even- 
ing, the town loses one of the oldest 
and most prominent of its residents. 
The end, though not unexpected, came 
as a shock to the entire neighborhood 
and the sympathy of his host of friends 
goes out to his family. He was 69 
years, U months and 3 Jays old. 

Capt. Wilson was a conspicuous fig- 
ure in the political life of the town. He 
was also very active socially and his 
thoughts were always centred on the 
welfare and progress of the com- 
munity. He was a commander of 


Commander Troop F. 

Troop T\ Chelmsford cavalry, and up 
to a few years ago, , was among the 
most active of the veterans of the 
troop. He was also a prominent mem- 
ber of the grange and other societies. 
About a 'year ago he was confined with 
an illness; which he bore with a 
cheery spirit and courage until his 

Capt. Wilson leaves besides his wife, 
Sara, one son, Ernest C. Wilson; two 
grandchildren, Ethelyn and Waldo 
Wilson and three sisters, Mrs. Frank 
S. Bartlett of Billerlca, Mrs. D. W. 
Robbins of Carlisle and Mrs. Fred Da- 
Vis of Lowell. 





The picture above represents the 
breaking of the ground for the new 
chapel in Green cemetery, Carlisle, by 
Waldo Danforth Wilson, grandson of 
Capt. H. W. Wilson, the donor. 

The work is progressing favorably, 
with a competent and efficient force of 
workmen. The foundation is laid, the 
window frames in place, and the brick 
walls, rising, give promise of most sat- 
isfactory results. 

Warren L. Floyd of Lowell is the 
architect and contracts have been let 
to the following: 

Foundation, James 'W. Long of Car- 
lisle; granite work, Thomas McCarthy 
of North Acton; brickwork, H. W. 
Spellman of Lowell; slate and copper, 
James F. Mooney, Lowell; carpenter 
work and general supervision, Dens- 
more B. Hosmer of Concord, Mass. 


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Thomas Heald 7 , b. Maroh 2, 1795, d. April 20, 1873, aged 76. ^^^^ lA - 

m. April 1, 1821, 

Betsey Adams, b. Aug. 23, 1793, d. Oct. 31, 1857, aged 64. 

children: - 

1. Sarah E. Heald, b. Feb. 2, 1822, d. June 3, 1891. 

2. Timothy A. b. Aug. 5, 1824, d. Dec. 5, 1840, age 16. 

3. John Henry* A? b. May 15, 1826. cL. la^, m4-,«*. 57^f^. ka. 

4. Lucy, b. Dec. 22, 1827, d. Oct. 4, 1855. 

5. Maria Parker, b. April 11, 1829, d. June 26, 1831. 

6. Angelina b. Feb. 16, 1833, d. May 14, 1838. 

John Henry aT Heald, b. May 15, 1826, d. isu^&l- ( **4 c^.sr/VA- 
Ohristia A. Wheat, b. 1833, dau. Ai and Irena G. Wheat 

m. Dec. 30, 1847 (when she was 14 years old 
and he was 21) . 

children:- cdL hrfu^-^^^x^tSUAJh^- 

1. Ernest F. Heald, b. April 10, 1848, d. Aug. 14, 1873. 

2. Ida M. Heald, b. Aug. 22, 1849, d. t»- OcMM of 

3. Henry A. Heald, b. Sept. 19, 1853, d. May 7, 1854, 

aged 7 m. 18 days. 

4. Willie A. Heald, b. Feb. &^^, a.&uJ^ v^vi 

buried in Hudson, N. H. 

5. Alice M. Heald, b. Aug. 29, 1861,-™ ^^^^ 

Ida M. Heald married Babbitt and had one child 
Edith I. Babbitt. 

She married (2nd) Aaron Wesson and had one child Virginia 



I John Heald 1 raarried Dorothy (A ndrow a? ) 
They lived in a log house in Concord on a site on 
Monument Street near the Stedman Buttrick place. 

II John Heald 2 married Sarah Dean 

They lived in Concord and possibly later in Acton. 

III John Heald 3 married I ary Chandler 

They lived in Acton in what is now called the Scott 
place, near the Carlisle line and also near the North 
Acton cemetery. 

IV Samuel Heald 4 married Rebekah Fletcher 

They lived on the site of the Carr-Peterson house, 
Concord Street, Carlisle. That house was burned, 

V Capt. Samuel Heald^, Jun r . married Mary Hunt 

They lived in the present Carr-Peterson house, 
Concord Street, Carlisle. 

VI Thomas Heald 6 married Abi Hildreth 

They lived in the Carr-Peterson house, Concord 
Street . 

VII Captain Thomas Heald? married Betsey Adams 

They lived in the "Capt, Tom" house on South St.; 
the house was later burned. 

VIII Sarah Elizabeth Heald 8 married William 1.1. Parkhurst 
They lived in the brick-end house, now the residence 
of Dr. Lawrence K, Lunt. 








IX Sarah Elizabeth Parkhurst 9 married Capt. H. Waldo Wilson 1871 
They lived in the brick-end house, South Street. 

X Ernest C. Wilson 10 married Nettie 0. Barker 1895 
They lived at the Risgin place, Cross St.; Carlisle, 
at the brick-end house, South Street, (and in the 
village on School Street. 

XI Waldo D. Wilson 11 married Esther E. Carcano 
June 14, 1935. They built a house on Concord St. 
in which to begin housekeeping. 




t. John Heald* married Dorothy ( Andrews? ) 

They lived in a log house in Concord on a site on 
Monument Street near the Stedman But trick place. 

1 1 . John Heald 2, married Sarah Dean t66t 

They lived in Concord and possibly later in Actoni. 

111. John Heald^ married Mary Chandler 1690 

They lived in Acton in what is now called the Scott 
place, near the Carlisle line and also near the 
North Acton cemetery. 

IV. Samuel Heald 4, married Rebakah Fletcher T7*2 

They lived on the site of the Carr-Peterson house, 
Concord Street, Carlisle. That house was burned. 

V. Capt. Samuel Heald5, Jun 1 * married Mary Hunt t768 
They lived in the present Carr-Peterson house, 
Concord Street, Carlisle. 

Vt. Thomas Heald^ married AM Hildreth t?9t 

They lived in the Carr-Peterson house, Concord Street 

VI 1. Capt. Thomas Heald^married Betsey Adams T821 

They lived in the "Capt. Torn" house on South St.; 
the house was later burned. 

V 1 1 1 . Sarah Elizabeth Heald 8 married William M. Parkhurst t845 
They lived in the brick-end house, now the residence 
of Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt. 

tX. Sarah Elizabeth Parkhurst^married Capt.H. Waldo Wilson t87t 
They lived in the brick-end house, South Street. 

X.. Ernest C. Wilson'' married Nettie a. Barker T895 
They lived at the Risgin place, Cross St., Carlisle, 
at the brick-end house, South Street, and in the 
village on School Street. 

XT. Waldo Wilson 


Thomas Heala°, 1W to tte Samuel Heald houaa on 

concord Street- 

aon of Obtain Samuel 5 and Mary (Hunt) 
Haald, was b. Dec. t2, t76B d 
m. AM Hildreth of Westford.' »791 

"Captain" Thomas HealdT sonofW and AM ( Hildreth )Heald 

b. March 2, T795, d. April 2o, toT? 
burled in Green Cemetery * TOi 

Srt^r ito a ^5S 4 L , » ttet - She died 
SSf'vf ' t857 ' *©** ^. She was the 

aS^^ Tlm0thy "* Joa ™a AdaL 
and was born Aug. 22, Mm 

uSMT* H6aldf f2 "«* Ca P't T*m) 

ValleyWand tS ^ StP * et ' ** tw ** n 
Robbins. the h0me of ■*•■ Carrie 

Sarah Elizabeth Heald 8 dau n r n*, 7 

Ss? r^o.^'«,^ 

Sarah BUzateth ParkhuratS, dau „fi„n. „ 

Parttural,^ 1 ^ "nlaSTS E - <Heald) 

m. Jan. ?, t8?t, Horace JTaldo irn .„„ „*, 
Ernest c. tuiaon^ ^ J ? n ? 5 ' r9 ' 7 ' a s«o 59. ° n *° 

mo^ed Into the eaaS ha?f J > J^ maM1 Le ° «* ^S^^ 48 

^. William Parlchur-at na n 
^ Hans Monson no^Sd* ™ ? laeksnlli * -hop where the res^ 
closer ■ *• the -o^^^T itT^J^h *£^*t£2£T 
owned by Mr. Monson. The oM wV,Z t f****** 1 ** tha ^ use now 
h ««W6 is imbedded iTt£ ^eel-setting stone used by Mr 
— to th. ^IshwIhe^L? 011 *"* Cl08Q *° «* «^ E'ftont 





Mr. John Parkhurst, "born June 5, 1775. 

Miss Surviah Manning, born, Billerica, Mass., Oct. 31, 1783. 

married Feb. 36, 1805. 
Miss Manning was a descendant of the Manning family whose home was 
the Manning Manse of Billerica, Mass. 

Children: - 

1. Surviah M. Parkhurst, 

2. John Parkhurst, 

3. Jepthah Parkhurst, 

4. Sewell Parkhurst, 

5. Abram Parkhurst, 

6. Adeline Parkhurst ^.atf^P-V^ 1 

7. William M. Parkhurst, 

8. Harriet L. Parkhurst, 

9. Sarah H. Parkhurst j-w.&^Wstso^ 

10. Lucinda Parkhurst, 

11. Charles Parkhurst, 

12. Jerusha Jane Parkhurst, 


Dec. 1 



Aug. 3' 



Apr. 12 



Apr. 9 



Feb. 11 

, 1813. 


Feb. 3 

, 1815. 


Sept . 3 



Sent. 2 


. « 

Aug. 28 

, 1820. 


Nov. 19 

, 1822, 


Apr. 23 

, 1825. 


Jan. 2 


dL. &4C.2.5- IS*"* 
ot- '*ft 

unmarried .a -"vwrv fo- 1 ^a 
a. (behas'-isfei 
m. John Shedd 

Mr. John Parkhurst died Aug. 28, 1830, aged 55 years. 

Mrs. Surviah Parkhurst died July 3, 1873, aged 89 yrs. 8 m. 3 days 

Jepthah Parkhurst died March 5, 1876, aged 67 yrs. 

Sewell Parkhurst died May 3, 1860, aged 49 yrs. 

Abram Parkhurst died Aug. 31, 1840, aged 27 yrs. 

William M. Parkhurst died >aouJ 2.7- i*<fo 

Harriet L. (Parkhurst) Watson died Aug. 22, 1846, aged 28 yrs. 

Sarah H. Parkhurst 

Charles Parkhurst died Oct. 25, 1861, aged 36 yrs. 

Elbridge P. Spaulding, husband of Adeline Parkhurst, d. July 29, 

1876, aged 62 yrs. 3 m. 
Elbridge A. Spaulding, son of Elbridge and Adeline (Parkhurst) 

Spaulding, b. Oct. 12, 1841, d. Sept. 2, 1842, aged 10 m. 21 d. 

The above dates are taken from a private record in the possession 
of Mrs. Nettie 0. Wilson of Carlisle. 

A flintlock gun used by the Parkhurst men has been returned to the 
Manning Manse, Billerica, by Mrs. Capt. Wilson. 


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^SiymiSSih? S^J' P^? 11 ? f °^- Samuel *** *<>* of Thomas 
trqo o J £? ^ ? 6ald ' D * C^iisle, Oct. 85, 1809, d. July 27 
1892, aged 83, West Somerville, Mass! y ' 

Held many town offices. 

State Representative 1848 

Wr in 6 1880 tOry ° f 0arli8le for Drake 's History of Middlesex County 
Received his commission in the M. V. M. 

1889, aged 73, at Somerville, Mass. ' 

Cemetlr^ oSifift ^SV 8 ? ere ° ted a J the eafitern entrance of Green 
Hoofed? ' ir memor y» ** tneir son, Benjamin Franklin 

They had ten children- 
1. Thomas H. 

2. Angeline,A. 

3. Timothy Wil^ms 

4. Austin Mareh, 

b. April 7, 1838, d. Feb. 6, 1903, New 
York City, Civil War Veteran, 
m. "hainerira. Wil( ad- i-jDU>e|| / "Yvv<^= ) s_ 

-r\o issue. 

b. Feb. 29, 1840, d.~>ieioj/ork Grig 
m. Jaarv ifL-l%>3 Lmqsc* G. (jui-no, 

b. July 6 1842, Civil War Veteran, 
d.Ch/caqojfc fatAH-crt*.©*. 

m.A7YmTTTcCoT7y,ack [and lived in New York. 

ch: i-.illm.n- 

b. Jan. 6, 1844, Civil War Veteran, 
d. Jan. 30, 1863, Falmouth, Virginia 




Benjamin Franklin, b. Feb. 1, 1846, d. Feb. 19, 1926 D D S 
aged 80, ' ' ' 

m.Bes°jie Hill -sd - Louiell , """mass,. -no issue. 

Susan Adeline, 
Charles H. 
George CU-ntcm 
Imogene B. 

b. July 15, 1848, d. March (o , 192 3, Somerville 
m.\ James Waldo .Johnson, at 

d. Oiiecmta.'Vi'.lJ- 

b . (Dtf, as", | <xsro 
m. Lucy Im-eMn 

b . lOefr SL5", i ^55- 
Unn m. 

b. J"LlIlJ &, \H5SL 


and lived in New York 
eh; Benfhm-,cL' 

d.9ept. SW~ I^H ««• lo t 

10. Washington Irving, b. Oct. 25, 1858 d.<Wie/vJsu^/no«w4>Kifc.i3-l^S5- 

m . >nrs Grace ET . F/agg , >u>i* if- ] %•%'«/- at Sowe-rwffe ,"»?<X4*. 

^.ail^^^s«mt^ i ^^^f envi Pe, N.H. (1932) 
Major B.F.Heald was born ^TlT^^TS!? A,) ^^^^^^^^^^L^.^ 
several of his chUdren we?e bo™ I **• 0«*-Peterson houL Wre 
Jonathan Heald hoSfffrr^^^^g"^ t one half of the 





I. John Heald * married Dorothy (Andrews?) 

He came from Berwick, England in 1635 to Concord, Mass. 
He died May 24, 1662. 

II. John Heald 2 married Sarah Dean 

He died Ja-ne '7, I (oV% 

III. John Heald 3 married Mary Chandler 

He died 1721. Mary Chandler was the heroine of the bear 
shooting story. Through her Mayflower ancestry can be 
traced. She is buried in the East Cemetery, Concord. 

IV. John Heald 4 married Mary Hale 

Her name is also recorded as Heald, for her people had 
changed the name from Heald to Hale, and she was a 
relative of the man she married. 

V. John Heald 5 married Elizabeth Barrett 
In the Drury chart he asserts John 5 also married 
Elizabeth Wright, but in the absence of dates, this 
has been hard to prove. John Heald 5 was Lieut, and 
participated in the Battle of Concord and Lexington and 
in Soouting Expedition, Oct. 1777 (See Shattuck's History 
of Concord, p. 356.) 

VI . Jonathan Heald 6 married 1st Sarah Brown 

and 2nd Hannah French 
He was "Squire Jock". Sarah Brown wrought a sampler when 
eleven years of age which Miss Nellie Grace Taylor of 
Lowell now owns. Hannah French, the second wife, is 
buried near the Taylor lot in Green Cemetery, Carlisle. 
She lies beside her son-in-law, Amos Nutting, and his 
wife, parents of Hannah Page (Nutting) Heald who was the 
mother of John and Addie (Heald) Harris, the donors of 
the tall family clock to the Gleason Library. This tall 
clock belonged to the Nutting side of the family. It is 
possible that Hannah French Heald owned it, but this is 
not certain. The William Heald clock went to Arthur 
Robbins. Miss Taylor has the Nutting Bible (^xn^^^^^^^^ ^ 
Jonathan Heald 6 was only eighteen years of age when the 
Revolution broke out. His father was paid a bounty by 
the town if he would allow him to fight as a Private. He 
was afterward a First Lieutenant. He became a Captain 
also. He built the brick-end house and also the fambrel- 
roof ed house for his son Jonathan ' . Jonathan 6 was 
"Squire of the town, first selectman, first town clerk, 
and chairman of committee to go to the Legislature to 
ask that the town of Carlisle should be incorporated, 
which was done in 1780, though not invested wiitLfull 
powers until Feb. 18, 1805. ^ta^-dL JQ-c./t-iSilfe. 



VII . Jonathan Heald 7 married Betsy Andrews 

They had fifteen ohildren. Their son Marshall built 
the Whittemore house, and son Jonathan Bradford built 
the Holm house, both on Concord Street. Jonathan ' 
was town clerk of Carlisle and his desk is now in the 
possession of Miss Nellie Grace Taylor, his grand- 
daughter. The Sheraton tambour top was lost or 
destroyed. It stood for years in his son-in-law's shoe 
shop but it was not saved. The lower part was in the 
house and was therefore handed down. 

VIII. Martha Heald 8 married David B. Taylor 

At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War the Taylor 
family remained loyal to the British Crown. Their 
Tory sentiments made it expedient for them to leave 
the Colonies, so they removed to Canada. David B. 
Taylor was born in Canada. 

IX. Nellie Grace Taylor 

A successful teacher in the Lowell Public Schools. 


:-z,^i-i- : --?;:: 

Te lock 
Jonathan (T) «eald Pamily 
Jonathan (6) Baald family 
~.ii---r.iT aaaVeaa bald 

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:--::- I-i.; •--:::;: 
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Lt. Saanel Adams Fandly 
Saaael Mm , *-. Family 

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«Bt, &UL> A**V\ %rrJU, " ( W^^aflZSw^) 

"THE JOOK HOUSE" Built 1806. 

now the office of Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt 

The little gambrel-roofed house now used as an offioe by 
Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt at "Valleyhead" has been spoken of as the 
"Jock House" for many years. The Healds first oame from the 
valley of the Tweed on the border line between England and Scot- 
land and the Scotch "Jock" was reminiscent of the nicknames in 
that section. "Squire Jock" built this little house almost under 
the eaves of his big hip-roofed home, for his son Jock when he 
married Betsey Andrews, daughter of Captain Issachar Andrews, 
an officer in the Colonial Army. This was in 1806. 

Squire Jock, or Jonathan Heald 6 , the builder and first occu- 
pant of the larger house (now Dr. Lunt's residence) had quite a 
landed estate, partly by inheritance and partly by purchase; he 
retained the English feeling of wishing to provide a beginning 
for his sons. Jock (Jonathan 7 ) his namesake and first born, 
was about to marry, but he wanted him near, so he built this 
house. The gambrel roof was destined to hover a large brood of 
offspring, for no less than fifteen children came to this couple, 
all born in this house. In the course of time these children 
became scattered from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast and were 
ancestors of a numerous progeny. 

One son Marshall Heald built the house on Concord Street, 
now the residence of Dexter C. Whittemore, although he died 
quite young. His sister Martha (Heald) Taylor lived there with 
her family quite a few years. (See Whittemore house history). 
Jonathan Bradford Heald, another son, built the house on Concord 
Street, now occupied by Mr. & Mrs. Ludwig Holm. The three 
maiden daughters, Ha-mrtaLk, Merriam (or Miriam) and Ellen, re- 
mained in the little house after the parents had died and all of 
the other members of the family had gone elsewhere. 

Issachar Heald, sone of Jonathan and Betsey (Andrews) Heald, 
was an inventive genius. His niece, Miss Nellie Grace Taylor 
of Lowell, says: "Joined to the gambrel-roofed house was a shed 
where my Uncle Issachar had his tools. There he made a model 
of a locomotive engine when he was very young which was said to 
be very perfect in every detail. I think it was patented. I do 
not know what became of it, but I have a piece of the "oab" upon 
which is painted two crossed flags, the shield of the U. S. and 
the words "Epluribus Unum" . This little engine, run by steam 
on an improved track was a very great local attraction". Mrs. 
Mary A. Reynolds, now ninety-two years old, tells me she* saw it 
and it was tremendously interesting; people came from far and 
near to see it operate. 

Issachar Andrews Heald was the first volunteer from the city 
of Springfield, Mass., to the Civil War. He went with Governor 
Sprague of Rhode Island as leader of the band. Miss Taylor thinks 
it was the first Rhode Island Infantry. Later in life he lived 

In Washington, D. 0. and in 1905 was there awarded a prize for 
the best vegetable garden. He died in Washington, May 27, 1911, 
aged 82 and his obituary states that he was not only a soldier 
but an author of both prose and poetry. 

Miss Taylor further writes: "The family long, long ago must 
have had some means, but they thought they had discovered copper 
baok of this house, and they used to say that money was spent in 
a fruitless effort to sink shafts and work mines there. {See 
Bull's History of Carlisle, p. 242). Then the three maiden 
sisters were left alone in this little house and because of 
their lack of business knowledge they all died quite poor. The 
place passed into the hands of Major Frank Heald so that he 
owned both houses at one time. The Aunts left a very valuable 
lowboy in the little house. I suppose they discarded it. It 
was the property of Betsey (Andrews) Heald, my grandmother. 
About the year 1874 it was seen in Dr. Benjamin Heald's dentist's 
office in Lowell, Mass. Afterward I asked to buy it, but he 
said 'I sold it for a fabulous sum to a oollector in Wilmington'. 
There was also a Sheraton desk which had a tambour top and was 
used by Jonathan Heald when he was town clerk, but that too, I 
believe has gone" . 

The industry of this brave mother of fifteen children ex- 
tended to hand weaving. Several linen towels which she labori- 
ously made in this way are now in the possession of her grand- 
daughter (Miss Taylor) and also a few made by her great grand- 
mother, Sarah (Brown) Heald. 

About 1885 or 1887 the Jock house became the property of Captain 
Waldo Wilson, who lived here for two years, after which in 1889 
he purchased the west half of the big house and came to occupy 
the latter place. The small house was used as a home for some 
of the help on the stock farm and has had a succession of tenants 
who remained only short periods of time. The crocuses which 
bloomed in the snow under the windows for Betsey Andrews Heald, 
doubtless brought much cheer to many of these, although the 
little house was now only an abiding place, not a permanent home. 

In December 1928 the place again changed hands. Captain 
Wilson had died and his family had moved to the village. Tenants 
came and went. When Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt of Concord, purchased 
the entire Wilson estate, comprised of four separate farms, this 
little building became the office of the new sanitorium. Changes 
have been made to adapt it to new uses. The side door was en- 
tirely eliminated and the interior rearranged, yet it still re- 
tains its small house aspect and its gambrel roof - the only 
old house in Carlisle to have a roof of this kind. 

There is a persistent rumor that the Jock House once stood 
on a foundation in the Ricker pasture on Bellows Hill. Members 
of the Heald family tell me the Jock House was built where it 
now stands, as related in the historical sketch. There was an 



old house on the Bellows Hill site, once moved to the site of 
the Valleyhead Hospital before even the Wilson barn stood there 
and which disappeared when the barn was built. The cellar hole 
remains on Bellows Hill and quite a large tree is growing in it 
now. No one remembers who lived in the house when located there 
It seems possible that Nathaniel Taylor was there before the 
Ricker house was built. Mr. George Heald says an Esther Heald 
lived in the house after it was moved to the location where the 
Hospital now stands. 

Owners of the Jock House. 

Jonathan Heald 

The three maiden daughters 

Major B. P. Heald 

Captain Waldo Wilson 

Mrs. Wilson 

Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt 



The "Jock House " family. 

Jonath an? Heald . 

Jonathan Htt&ld , son of "Squire Jock", Jonathan%eald and his 
first wife Sarah Brown, was "born in Carlisle, October 7, 1782, 
and died October 13, 1858. He married November 23, t8o6, Betsey 
Andrews, daughter of Capt. Issachar(of the Continental Army) and 
Rebec,ca(Hodgman) Andrews, b. Carlisle, January 8, t788, and died! 
February 7, 1855. They had fifteen children: - 

1 . Eliza} (Eliza died Sep*. , t807 

) twins, b. May 24,1807 (Lydla m. Addison Bates 

2. Lydia) (of Ludlow, Vt. , d. May 14, 

(t876. They had four 
(children: Abby S. M., 
(Elizabeth, George W. 

3. Marhsall, b. Nov. 13, t808; d. May 18, t849, 

unmarried. Built the Whittemore 
house. See sketch. 

4. Shubael,(Shobel) b. July 16, 18to; died same day. 

5. Rebecca*, b. Nov. 14, tSlt; d. June t, t8 5 5. 

6. Moaea, b . Nov . f2> t8H . d &t Roseville, 

California, June T4, 1878. 

7. Hannah, b. Dec. t, t8t5; d. May 4, 1880; 

mu Silas Drury of Wendell, Mass. 

8. Miriam, b, Dec. 30, 1817; d. Dec. 30, t868. 

9. Abigail, b. July 26, 1819; d. Feb. t, T875- 

m. Daniel Brooks of Windsor, Vermont- 
had three children, Annah E. , Henry 
Frank A. J ' 

Elizabeth Barrett-b Feb, 26, 1821; d. Nov. 12, 1886- 

buried in Forefather's c2m . Chelmslord- 
m. Samuel Parkhurst Stevens of Carlisle 
May 3, 1846; they had two children, 
Charles A., Emily. 

Jonathan Bradford b ^Carlisle, Ma^h 31, 1823; d. Oct. t, 
t886; m. Jan. 1, 1850, Maria Lee, ' 
b. Concord, Mass., Jan. 24, 1828, 
aau. William and Dorcas (Wheeler) Lee 

Fanny Maria, b. Dec. \a, 185bV ' t856 ' 




12 • Ellen, 

tj. Isaachar Andrews 

t4. Martha, 

t5. Etaiiy, 

b. March t4, T826; d. Feb. iq , 13*77. 

b. Carlisle, Mass. Oct. 4. T828; d. 
May 27, T9U. Washington, D. C. buried 
in Carlisle- 
rn. Mary Amelia Pardy. They had five 
children, Eulalie E. .Elizabeth A., 
Adalalde M. , Celeste E. , Iphigenia A. 

b. Nov. t5, t830; d. Jan. 28, t9t6; 
m. David B. Taylor of the Province 
of Quebec. They had six children, 
Francis E., George A., Frederick A., 
Nellie^race, b. t858 ; Charles P ./ 

2: mSbmi f 52L d - fr* *>• »•* 

* f, ace *»• Barton of Ludlow v-fc. 
Hugh, Linda, Hamry. 


Jonath an Heald 6 . 

Jonathan Heald 6, son of Lleut> John 5 find Ellzabeth (Ba rrett) 
Heald. b Aug. 8, 1757; d. Dec. 28, 1816; married 1st, Sarah 
Brown, int. May 12, 1781; d. July 12, 1788. 
Married 2nd, Hannah French, April 2, 1789- b 
d. Aug. 3, 1859. 


Jonathan 7 , b. Oct. 7, 1782. 

Lydia, b. Oct. 4, 1784. 

Sally, 7 b. May 12, 1786 : a. 3>«e.ET- 1*% set A& u.-n™. 

Edward b. Apr. 5, 1788. 

Hannah b. Dec. 18, 1789. (by second wife) dO^. lA-l^ 5 ^ 

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Assessor's List of Real Estate, 

Benjamin Franklin Heald 

1 house $325. 

1 barn $300. 

1860 £ house and shed $250. 

1870 2 houses and shed $550 

1 barn $100. 
1880 2 houses and shed $650 

1 barn $100. 

(Carr-Peterson house 

(Dr. Lunt house) 

(Dr. Lunt house & Jock's) 

(Dr. Lunt house & Jock's) 

Jonathan Heald 's Estate 

1850 1 house $300. 

2/3 barn $50. 
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1 barn 

(Jock's place 

Jonathan B. Heald (Bradford Heald) 

1850 house 
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Samuel AdamB , Jr . 

(Samuel Adams, Jr. eon of Samuel & Sarah ( Kidder) Adams; carpenter. 

to. Chelmsford, Sept. 17- 178 1-d. Carlisle-April 7,1847 Aged 55 
(Dorcas Heald, dau. of Eleazar & Rabacca( Hutchinson) Heald- 
{ b. March 3- 1793 d. Jan. 12- 1867 aged 75/9/15 

married:- Nov. 12, 1809; (intentions, Chelmsford, July 29-1809.) 

Children: - 

t. Betsy Webber, to. March 28, 18 10. 

2. Lucy Heald, b. Oct. 6, 181 t. d. Sept. 1895 

3. Samuel Dexter, b. Nov. 7, 1815, m. Martha Cheever of 

Lowell, 1839, d. Carl isle, Fab 2-1870 

4. Oliver Scripture, b. Oct. 25 , 18 17 (probably named for 

Dr. Oliver Scripture of Chelmsford) 
d. May 8, 1843- aged 25. 

5. Jonas Jefferson, b. March 30, 1819. 

6. Julia Augusta, b. July 5, 1821; d. Sept. 20, 1844, 

aged 23; buried in Taunton. 

7. William Eustis, b. Carlisle, Aug. 6, 1823. m. 

d. Carlisle, July 26-1858, a widower- 

8. John Quincy, b. March 22, 1826: killed at Antietam, 

Md. Sept. 17, 1862. Civil War Soldier 

9. Sarah P. Kidder, b. Sept. 29, 1829; d. Lowell, Dec 28,1917. 

10. George Washington, b. Dec. 8, 1851. d. April 6-1860, 

Cherokee , Calif- 

11. Benjamin Franklin, b. Nov. 15, 1833; d. Nov 4, 1847, aged 12. 

12. Albion Augustine, b. Aug. 3, 1840; d. Lowell, unmarried 

Sept. 23, 1916. Civil War Veteran 

1. Betsey W. Adams married Nathan W. Swetser of Weatford, int. 

Sept. 5, 1831. 

2. Lucy H. Adams married Ira Brown of Lowell, int. Dec. 16, 1832. 

3. Samuel D. Adams married Martha A. Cheever of Lowell, July 8,1839 

4. Jonas J. Adams married Betsey K. Foster of Lowell, int. Feb 3,1844 

8. John Q. Adams married Adaline Carter, int. Oct. 14, 1947. 

9. Sarah K. Adams married ( Tst) Benjamin C. Morgan of Lawrence, int. 

Oct. 15, 1847; one daughter, Sarah Morgan; married (2nd) 
George W. Carter, (b. d. Carlisle, Mar. 1, 1905-aged 
76 years. 4 mos.) , a Grand Army Soldier credited to George- 
town and No. Adams, Mass. Son of Enoch & Rebecca ( Foster) 
Carter- They had one child, Lou Carter. 


•Servt^ o&. ^a^n^jL^eJl Ouui^cL JQcrtjcxx.^ Qy+£jatJLd£) GtcUxn^co, , 

We'll ItJcei Von in tliu Morning. 

Aside from the battle-ground cem- 
eteries containing the remains of the 
soldiers of the great American rebel- 
lion, perhaps no state contains so 
main- nameless, unknown graves as 
California. Since my residence here. 
a schoolmate and sister of the subject 
of the following lines requested me 
to search out and mark the grave of 
her brother, George YV. Adams, a 
native of Carlisle, Mass., who was 
killed by the caving of gravel and 
bed-rock while mining at Grizzly 
hill, Nevada county, California, April 
6, i860. Guided by her information, 
obtained from the nearest postmaster 
to that lycality. 1 found a cluster of 
unmarked graves on a hill overlook- 
ing the village of Cherokee, but was 
unable to distinguish between them 
until directed to the supposed right 
one by an old resident who was at the 
burial. Having found a slab of gran- 
ite near the roadside, I borrowed a 
hammer and cold chisel from the vil- 
lage blacksmith, and cut thereon the 
usual inscription and set it over the 
grave. This was the best I could do 

under the circumstances and during 
my necessarily limited stay, for the 
satisfaction of his relatives 
eyes will never rest upon the spot 
where, alone, his life went out, nor 
the cold bed where he rests in dream- 
less sleep. 
Rest, friend, unci may Nevada's soil 

Press lightly 'round, above thee; 
While ever faithful memory comes 

From friends who knew, to love I 
'Twas for their sakes tor whom you 

You came, all danger scorning; 
Though lost to sight, yet still we ho 

To meet you in the morning. 

Our truest, friend is mother earth. 

When we have done our dut v : 
She clothes our graves, as best Bbe ■ ;i :> 

In green, impartial beauty ; 
And flowers will bloom — though friends 
come not — 

The humblest grave adorning; 
Yet if we in the future live. 

We'll meet you in the morning. 

If 'neath the sod in dreamless sle( |j 

Shall end life's best endeavor, 
We'll fight life's battle bravely tin 1 1 

And if no more for ever 
We meet, as oft in boyhood's years. 

When brighter Ik. pes seem dawning, 
We, too, can rest as peacefully 

In night that knows no morning. 

Though near thee in thy far-oil' hum". 

Though long since we last parted, 
Though all may yet, as sweetly step 

The false and the true-hearted 
Though here no kindred come to weep, 

Death gave no kindly warning; 
Yet if we live beyond the night. 
We'll meet vou in the morning. 

—I. A. Heald. 





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Carlisle Center 

Historical Sketch by Martha F. Wilkins 

The Timothy Wilkins House by A.F. MacDougall 

Property Owners as Listed by Hon. Edward Fisher and Others 

MacDougall Family 

Ezekiel Nickles Land 

















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After living in the Timothy wilkins house for ten years 
and spending some time attempting to trace down the history of the 
house I, naturally, gained many impressions. 

In the first place, the house seemed to be one that grew 
by various steps. In fact, I think that probably in 1820 or about 
that time, from the construction, it was remodelled with secondhand 
and new timbers. In the basement, for example, all of the heavy 
floor timbers originally had been used in another house or barn. 

What was the old grocery store was at one time an individual 
building by itself. In 1818 the shoe shop from the neighboring property 
was moved over against this grocery store and attached. My impression 
would be that at a later date the dwelling house and the grocery store 
were attached, not by moving any of the buildings, but by filling in 
the space between, which was only about nine feet, and then building 
out from the back room of the grocery store, as well, a kitchen, upper 
bedroom and attic rooms. 

What is referred to as one of the bounds in the old days as 
"The Well House" was covered over by the kitchen floor so that this 
old well is now located under the present kitchen. 

The door going from the dining room to the kitchen was 
originally the outside door and is still an unusually high door to be 
found within a dwelling. When the addition was made to the house, the 


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window in the bedroom was changed to a door in order that one could 
pass into the new bedroom that was added and on in to the attic. 
This oan still be seen in the construction of the house. 

I always wondered if the grocery store at any time might 
have been what is known as the wheelwright shop in the very early 
days. About the only indication that this building might have been 
remodelled is from the way the clapboards were put on on the outside. 

Certainly, back in the seventeen hundreds, the lot on which 
the grocery store and the house is now located was the business center 
of the town. Its bounds, shape and use varied considerably during 
the early growth of the village, remodelling buildings, adding strips 
of land here and there and other changes made it a place that more or 
less represents the changing interests of the town and its develop- 
ment. Its bounds and location made it so nearly a part of the 
Common or Meeting House land, I suppose it was natural that all down 
through the years the exact bounds of the property were always under 
dispute. The bounds that were finally decided upon, while I owned 
the property, were entirely bounds of convenience and harmony, rather 
than any based upon facts that might or might not have been available. 

"When we first owned the property in 1929, the back shed of 
the grocery store and the old kitchen were still two rooms. The back 
shed showed where the old molasses barrel and other containers of the 
old days had been stored. The kitchen represented definitely little 
thought in helping to make the work of the housewife easier. There 



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were two steps down from the dining room into the kitchen and the back 
wood shed and a stoop, to protect the side door from the weather, shut 
out most of the sunlight. 

In making it over, the only regret I had was the f aot that we 
removed many of the old indications of the horse and buggy day3. The 
hitching post and the plaoe where those driving to the center to obtain 
their groceries and receive their mail might park their horses was re- 
moved. While we kept the old shelves and drawers that were labelled 
for cinnamon, clove, allspice, etc., the uses of the old store were 
changed and definitely it would never be carried on again as the old 
country grocery store. 

The floor in the upper shoe shop was re-laid because the 
board floor was worn completely through in many spots where the shoe 
benches were formerly located. Wooden pegs, leather cuttings and shoe 
sizes were all that remained to show that once this was the center of an 
active industry. 

The house, however, always gave one the indication of the 
many interests that had been centered around it in the years past and 
its spaoiousness lent itself to the atmosphere of being more or less 
the center for many of the developments and interests of the community. 

I am also enclosing a few comments 
I have made regarding the Timothy Kilkins house, so-called 
which may or may not be of any use to you. 


A. F. MdoDougall,, Director. 


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